Speculation about Jared Leto's behavior whilst preparing for and playing the role of The Joker in the much anticipated Suicide Squad has been hot on the gossip circuit for the last few months.
It is no secret to the world that The Joker has always been characterized by some level of insanity, with movies like Batman (1989) and The Dark Knight (2008) allowing Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger to share their own interpretations of the crazed criminal.
Although the particulars of how Leto's Joker will be portrayed in the movie are being kept well under wraps, details of his on-set antics have already set our tongues wagging.
Leto himself has been taunting fans with intrigue, apparently announcing at a recent concert for his band 30 Seconds to Mars:
"I can’t wait for you to see this – they’re going to lock me away in a box after this movie comes out."
Reports thus far have claimed that the actor was so committed to his role that he did not break character once on set; he sent live rats as gifts to cast members and his behavior was so 'off the rails' that he genuinely scared some of his co-stars. Rumors also alluded that the actor spent a lot of time in isolation and would only respond to "Mr. J." That's dedication!
We hear so many crazy stories of method actors going to extremes for movie roles that it's no wonder we believe everything we hear.
In this case though, a source from Comic Book sets the record straight:
"My source tells me that while working on the set of Suicide Squad, Jared Leto wasn’t as difficult with the crew as previously reported,"
"In fact, my source claims that he’s never once heard anyone call Jared “Mr. J” in order for him to cooperate."
And it would seem that keeping up the Joker facade 24/7 wasn't a necessity for the actor to play the role...
"My source also tells me that he did interact with the crew and even cracked a joke or two with them."
The Joker joking. What a thought.
Starring Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Scott Eastwood, Cara Delevingne and Will Smith, Suicide Squad hits theaters on August 5, 2016.